Global Gala After Party
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Global Gala After Party
Joins us for the After-Party of our 54th Global Gala: Korea!
Saturday, May 9th from 9pm until 2am
DESSERTS AND OPEN BAR
WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company
Cho Young Ahn & Yu Rang Han
After-Hours Karaoke! Hosted by the TAKII World Tour
Jungwoong Kim was born and raised in South Korea. He has extensive training in Korean martial arts, traditional dances, and contemporary dance. He graduated from the Korea National University of the Arts with a BFA in Choreography. He has been granted several awards for choreographic and international development from the Seoul Foundation of Arts and Culture and Arts Council Korea and has been presented in numerous festivals and venues in the US. His work is inspired by his ongoing research with interdisciplinary site-specific performance, where he incorporates video projections, natural sounds, found objects, sculptural forms, voice and movement into improvisational performance scores that value cultural traditions and experimental collaborative art making. His most recent work “capsized” was presented at the CAATA (Asian American Theater Conference) at AAI (Asian Arts Initiative). He collaborates with his partner Marion Ramirez and mentor Germaine Ingram (both performance and movement artists), Bhob Rainey (music) and Fred Hatt (film). As a performer Jungwoong is a member of the Leah Stein Dance Company and will be performing next in the intergenerational site-specific production TURBINE at the Philadelphia Waterworks (May 16th and 17th). Jungwoong’s expertise in Contact Improvisation movement form has lead him to continue developing as a dance educator, teaching regular workshops and facilitating jams in Philadelphia, Richmond, New York, New England, Puerto Rico, Korea and Japan.
WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company
A pioneer of “Hallyu: Korean Wave”, Young Soon Kim, an internationally acclaimed choreographer whose work has been hailed for its exhilarating, visually stunning, and emotionally rich phrases and textures, presents Eternal NOW. Formed in 1988, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (New York) strives to inspire audiences through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies both modern and timeless. For nearly three decades, Ms. Kim and WHITE WAVE have appeared globally on principal stages including Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Joyce Theater, Kennedy Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, National Theater of Seoul (Korea), National Theater of Taipei (Taiwan), Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, as well as Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Maison de la Culture in Le Havre, France; Teatro Nazionale in Milan, Teatro Tendu Striscie in Rome, Italy; Schauspielhaus in Cologne, Germany; as well as the Festival d’Avignon in Avignon, France, among others. In 2003 Ms. Kim was featured in the documentary film Arirang: The Korean American Journey, which was premiered at the Smithsonian Institute and broadcasted nationwide by PBS. In 2013 and 2014, Ms. Kim was nominated twice for the Annual KBS Global Korean Award. www.whitewavedance.com
Cho Young Ahn
Cho Young started her music career at a young age of 5. She was exposed to Korean traditional music and was also an active member of choir at her school and church. In 2007, to pursue her career as a professional vocalist, she enrolled in highly qualified institutions for intensive training. During that time, she was a member of hip-hop crew in Korea as a female singer, and also formed her own her band achieving numbers of awards from various local music contests. Before moving to the U.S. to get her foot into jazz music, Cho Young received vocal training from prominent female jazz vocalist Sunny Kim. To expand her knowledge of music and jazz, she applied to Berklee College of Music and got accepted as a proud recipient of the Berklee Asia Scholarship Tour. Since 2012, Cho Young is studying at Berklee College of Music. Being part of the Berklee community, she was able to share the stage with great musicians such as Marcos Valle and Patrice Ruchen. Also, she performed at the Singers Showcase, Berklee's premier vocal event which offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. The outstanding lead singers are chosen from more than 100 students who audition for a spot in this immensely popular concert. After graduation, she has formed a project band named “MusiCoreAmerica” and is currently performing in Korea and the U.S.
Yu Rang Han
Yu Rang was born in Seoul, South Korea. She began to play the piano when she was 6 years old. With gaining various musical experiences during her teenage years, she decided to move over to the U.S. after graduating from Dongduk Women’s University and pursue her dream as a professional pianist. After her acceptance into Berklee College of Music, she had the chance to perform for the 2012 Singers Showcase and Ray Charles Tribute concert at the Berklee Performance Center. She has participated in numerous studio recordings and concert series in Korea, Boston, and New York. She had the chance to study with Joanne Brackeen, Frank Carlberg, Bob Winter, Alain Mallet, and Leo Blanco. Currently she is studying at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in the Piano Performance Master program. She was awarded scholarships including Dongduk Women’s University scholarship, Berklee Asia Tour Scholarship, Dean’s List awards, Longy Scholarship, and CJ Scholarship. Yu Rang is currently working as a staff accompanist at the Berklee College of Music and working on her own composition to make her debut album.
Scott CHOPS Jung spent much of his youth glued to the family stereo. When a friend brought a drum machine to school, it was love at first button press. Making songs and recordings became a lifelong obsession. CHOPS eventually landed in Philadelphia and connected with local hip-hop artists, including two friends who joined him to form the group Mountain Brothers. MBs earned a global reputation, became the first Asian American rap group signed to a major label, and released their work to critical acclaim. Much of the acclaim was for CHOPS’ unique multi-instrument, no-sample production style, which has helped him work with some of the world's biggest and most talented rap artists. CHOPS' credits include such names as Kanye West, Bun B, Lil Wayne, The Lonely Island, Nicki Minaj, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, E-40, Ice Cube, and Snoop. CHOPS' music has been in numerous TV shows, films, and ads from companies like Warner Brothers, Fox, NBC, AMC, MTV, Nike, and Coca Cola. CHOPS is particularly proud of his recent full length effort Strength in NUMBERS, combining some of the best established and aspiring Asian American and international urban music artists with his signature powerhouse tracks.